surround

verb
sur·​round | \ sə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce surround (audio) \
surrounded; surrounding; surrounds

Definition of surround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to enclose on all sides : envelop the crowd surrounded her
(2) : to enclose so as to cut off communication or retreat : invest entry 2
b : to form or be a member of the entourage of flatterers who surround the king
c : to constitute part of the environment of surrounded by poverty
d : to extend around the margin or edge of : encircle a wall surrounds the old city
2 : to cause to be surrounded by something surrounded himself with friends

surround

noun

Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a border or ambient environment) that surrounds from urban centre to rural surround— Emrys Jones

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Examples of surround in a Sentence

Verb

A wall surrounds the old city. They had the suspect surrounded. She was suddenly surrounded by a crowd of excited fans. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the decision. His departure was surrounded by secrecy.

Noun

the vast, featureless surround of the desert was strangely appealing to him
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Founded in 1964, when the surrounding suburbs were farmland, HACC is the oldest community college in Pennsylvania and serves 19,000 credit-seeking students and 6,000 other students in non-credit programs. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Sweetin plays Lucy, a fifth-grade teacher who is surrounded by love — her parents are celebrating their 40th anniversary and her sister is expecting her first child — but feels anything but lucky in that department. Lindsey O'connell, Woman's Day, "Exclusive! Watch a Sneak Peek of Hallmark Channel’s New Movie with Jodie Sweetin from 'Fuller House'," 5 Mar. 2019 The water basin itself is inlaid with butterfly mosaics, while the surrounding glass walls and floors feature pill decals. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Inside the World’s Most Expensive Hotel Suite, Designed by Damien Hirst," 1 Mar. 2019 Also an adjustment for Meghan will be the relative privacy and quietude of Frogmore Cottage and the surrounding area. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Will Meghan Markle Do on Maternity Leave? Here's What We Know," 22 Feb. 2019 Once used to indicate social status, the indigo pigment is a stark contrast to the surrounding desert and looks particularly magical at night. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Grofman has said redrawing the lines of the districts also affected some surrounding districts, resulting in a total of 26 districts being redrawn. Denise Lavoie, The Seattle Times, "Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats," 23 Jan. 2019 Sitting at the foothills of the mystical Mount Taygetus, not only is this medieval walled town a UNESCO World Heritage Monument immersed in fascinating history, but the surrounding natural environment is rugged, raw, and inspiringly real. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 Divers and snorkelers can explore a wonderland of some 750 species of fish in the surrounding sea, and there are private marine safaris and deserted island excursions—with picnics—at their beck and call. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018

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The chaises are by McKinnon and Harris, the pool surround is Arizona sandstone, and the front door is painted in Benjamin Moore's Galaxy; the pond beyond was installed by water-garden designer Anthony Archer-Wills. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Minimalist, Moroccan-Inspired Pool House In New York," 29 June 2016 New encaustic tile can be harder to maintain than ceramic or porcelain tile, requiring special sealing and care, and might not be appropriate for wet zones like shower or bath surrounds unless treated properly. Lisa Selin Davis, WSJ, "The Kitchen’s New Design Darling: Cement Tile," 19 Nov. 2018 According The Eagle, a newspaper covering Texas A&M and its surrounds, the body of water is stocked with fish, which the public can fish for on a catch-and-release basis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George H.W. Bush To Be Buried at His Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas," 4 Dec. 2018 The 10-by-18-foot screen is flanked by a surround-sound system built into custom millwork that evokes the feeling of an alien spacecraft. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 His father suggested they be used as a surround for that fireplace. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Mansion Has Sat Virtually Untouched For 50 Years," 8 July 2017 Collect seashells to embellish a fireplace surround. 3. House Beautiful, "15 Easy Upgrade Ideas For Your House," 1 May 2013 Farther down, on blocks that were once burned out, iron fences painted a shiny black surround brick and vinyl-sided townhouses built with the help of federal funds. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "In a Changing South Bronx, Residents See New Jail as Step Backward," 2 Apr. 2018 Its sparkling light prettily speckles the surround as if brought about by its tinkling accompaniment. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of surround

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surround

Verb

Middle English, to flood, inundate, from Anglo-French surunder, from Late Latin superundare, to overflow, from Latin super- + unda wave; influenced in meaning by round entry 5 — more at water

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The first known use of surround was circa 1616

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surround

verb

English Language Learners Definition of surround

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be on every side of (someone or something)
: to move close to (someone or something) on all sides often in order to stop a person from escaping
: to be closely related or connected to (something)

surround

noun

English Language Learners Definition of surround (Entry 2 of 2)

: a border or an area that is around the outside edge of something

surround

verb
sur·​round | \ sə-ˈrau̇nd How to pronounce surround (audio) \
surrounded; surrounding

Kids Definition of surround

1 : to enclose on all sides : encircle A fence surrounds the property.
2 : to be closely related or connected to … my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere.— Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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